Michael Colyar needs very little introduction thanks to his stellar reputation as an actor, comedian, motivational speaker, and author. Michael’s reach extends far and wide in the entertainment industry as he overcame addition, discovered his knack for comedy, won Star Search, and ventured out on his own. Today, he’s known for his inspiring positivity and his faith, both of which he shares through his many projects and ventures.
A native of Chicago, Michael Colyar made his mark as "The King of Venice Beach." For nine years, he performed five shows a day, leaving a positive imprint on the crowd with his thought-provoking humor. As his hard work begun paying off and with his comedic star on the rise, he was honored by the city of Venice by placing his shoe and hand prints as well as his money grabber in cement of the new Venice Boardwalk.
Colyar gained national attention after capturing the Grand Prize Comedy championship and $100,000 on the popular television show "Star Search." He donated half of his winnings to homeless charities in the Los Angeles area. And continues to give back to this day.
As "The Original Host" of "BET Live From LA", his point blank delivery and razor-sharp insight deeply connected to its over 55 million viewers coast to coast.
Over the past 15 years, he has built his television & film career working with such luminaries as John Singleton, Eddie Murphy, Bernie Mac & Oprah Winfrey.
In 2011, he was the voice of Buford the frog in Disney's 1st Black animated film "The Princess and the Frog." He is also a voice on the "Cleveland Show."
Encouraged by motivational speaker Les Brown, Colyar has began his own "Motivational Speaking"...telling his incredible story of struggle and triumph to his audiences around the world while writing his soon to be released book "Michael Goes Motivational." As well as Poetry Book for Adult Children "Miss Innocent Goes To Kool Skool and Other Silly Stuff."